Thank you, Chris for the work you do to support authors and help our work find new readers. It’s greatly appreciated.
My name is JP (Jo-Anne) McLean. I used to like having a hyphen in my name, but that was before I wrote a book. I’ve come to realize that the hyphen just confuses search engines and readers alike. JP is much easier to spell and remember.
I’ll tell you more about me in just a moment. First, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to introduce you to The Gift Trilogy. The books are far more exciting than me anyway. All three of the books are thrillers with a twist of fantasy. So, what are they about?
When you were a child, did you ever make a mistake? One that haunted you for years?
Emelynn Taylor did. Her mistake was accepting a gift from a stranger. She knew she shouldn’t; she’d been taught better, so when the stranger left without leaving a gift, she tried not to feel disappointed.
A few nights later…when the sun dipped below the horizon…the last rays of golden sunlight were replaced with a curious blue hue. That was the first night that darkness didn’t fall in Emelynn’s world. She knew then that she’d been given something very special.
What she didn’t know was that night vision was just the first small facet of a gift that would unfold and develop as she grew into a young woman.
The Gift Trilogy is Emelynn’s story. In it, she’ll learn that every gift has its price…
In Book I, The Gift: Awakening Emelynn…now a woman, sets her course on conquering this gift that has become a debilitating burden. Along the way, she discovers a community who share the gift; a man who takes her breath away; and enemies who hide in plain sight.
See an excerpt HERE
In Book II, The Gift: Revelation, Emelynn fights inner demons to re-establish her independence while another facet of her gift emerges to test her sanity. An unwelcome midnight visit by the ruling Tribunal forces her to find an inner strength she didn’t know she had and that strength is tested at the hands of a cruel captor.
See an excerpt HERE
In Book III, The Gift: Redemption, Emelynn’s enemies up their game and she is forced to form an alliance with a man she doesn’t trust and a family she doesn’t know. Emelynn’s strength and loyalty are tested once again when she comes face-to-face with a group who call themselves Redeemers. Their only goal is to annihilate the Tribunal and anyone else who gets in their way.
See an excerpt HERE
If you would like to learn more about the books, you’ll find some links below. As for me, I started down this road to writing on the heels of a number of winters spent in the sunny south of the Baja, Tucson and a little town called La Colorada in Durango, Mexico. After all those years of sunshine, a cloudy winter back home on the wet, west coast of Canada felt a bit…damp. To stave off the chill, I indulged my reading habit and devoured books by a warm fireplace.
I am particularly enamoured of the fantasy genre and visited a number of authors’ websites that winter. Though I’d previously toyed with the idea of writing, I never really thought I’d have an idea big enough for a book. What I learned from these authors changed my thinking; I didn’t need a big idea. I could start with a small idea and build the story around it.
It just so happened I had a gem of a small idea. I took the advice to heart, started writing the story around this idea and over the course of that first wet winter back home, the paragraphs turned into pages then chapters and finally a first draft.
It was tremendously exciting. But of course, writing it was just the start. It was a very long and bumpy road from that point to holding the finished book in my hands. Without boring you to tears, the story was re-written at least a dozen times, incorporating input from a brave group of cold readers, a professional manuscript evaluator, and a professional editor. Each re-write improved the story and I’m forever grateful for the valuable input I received along the way. The on-line writing community has also been indispensable, pointing me in the right direction and helping me find the resources I needed.
I chose to indie publish with FriesenPress as my publisher partner. They had the expertise to convert my documents, upload them everywhere I wanted them to go and organize a distributor.
It wasn’t until after I’d finished that first book that I realized I couldn’t stop writing. Seems I’d developed a bit of a habit in that regard. So that original gem of a small idea grew into a trilogy and now that trilogy has spurred a series.
When I’m not writing, you’ll find me in the garden or dishing-up culinary experiments. Making room for writing means I don’t get to do these hobbies to the extent I used to, but I’m not Superwoman, so something had to give. Now the weeds get out of hand from time to time and dead-heading is a hit and miss affair. There are fewer new recipes and more left-overs, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m not sure my husband would agree, but as he often tells me, when I’m happy, he’s happy. And I’m ecstatic.
I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me through the contact tab on my website, follow my blog, like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter. You can also find me on Goodreads. On my website, you’ll be able to read excerpts and reviews along with longer book summaries and find links to all the purchase outlets.
The books are available in e-book, trade paperback and hardcover from:
Once again, Chris, Thank you for considering my submission.